Photos from the latest ANDES expeditions
Argentina Unclimbed 2018
Bolivia Ski Explorer 2018
Majadita and Aconcagua 2018
Patagonia Ski Explorer 2017
Chilean Ski Explorer 2016
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta 2015 - links through to our "Firsts" page
First Ascents in Peru 2015 - links through to our "Firsts" page
The summit ruins on Queva. This was our highest peak, at 6140m. It is climbed relatively often for this part of the Andes, once or twice a year. These ruins lie just 10m below the summit and date from the Inca period, about 500 years ago.
Argentina Uonia Snclimbed 2018
On the summit of Vicuņorco, 5910m, Sierra Laguna Blanca, Argentina. unfortunately our target for our first ascent (aka Laguna Blanca Norte) turned out to have been climbed two separate local climbing groups just the season before (November 2017 and February 2018). Pipped at the post!
Skiing on Wila Llojeta at 5000m, Cordillera Real, Bolivia.
On the summit of Janco Huyo, Cordillera Real, Bolivia.
Our campsite by Laguna Jacha Kota
Pomerape from our ascent of Parinacota.
Mururata as seen form the public transport Teleferico in El Alto.
High camp at the edge of the glacier on Majadita, Cordillera Agua Negra.
Our 2018 trip to Aconcagua was unfortunately not successful on the main objective due to a very unlucky spell of bad weather. All four of our possible summit days were too windy, with forecast winds of 100 km/h, and summit temperatures of -18-20ēC. On the 9th February we did make it higher on the mountain than any other teams, but as we crossed over the well-named Cresta del Viento the windchill was unsupportable, and it was hard just keeping our feet anchored!
Luckily our acclimatisation trip in the Cordillera Agua Negra had seen much better conditions, and Barry Suzanne and Thom all made the summits of three 5000m+ peaks and Majadita, a 6266m peak that is rarely climbed.
Windy weather on the summit of Mistral, 5050m.
Thom, Suzanne and Barry on the summit of San Lorenzo 5749m, Cordillera Agua Negra.
Cold weather at 6400m on Aconcagua.
Nido de Condores campsite, Aconcagua.
High camp at 4900m on Majadita.
Skiing on Cerro Challhuaco above Bariloche.
Skiing at 3000m on Cerro Wayle (3249m). near Chos Malal.
Sierra de la Puntilla 2979m. Our route took us up the very right hand snow bowl, after a 2km/200m carry from the road
Skiing up Sierra de la Puntilla, Cordon del Viento.
Skiing up through bamboo and monkey puzzle forests on peak 2135m at Paso Pino Hachado. It was a good short day out with skis on just 200m from the car.
Camping at Villa Aguas Calientes. It was a great place to relax after a days skiing, 15ēC, sunny and with running hot water.
Chachani 2017A private trip to climb this 6000m peak just outside the Peruvian city of Arequipa. It was a very successful 9-day trip with both Stan and Elena climbing Chucura, 5298m and Chachani, 6075m, and both also getting very near the summit of 5598m high Nevado Mismi.
Traversing a penitente snowfield at 6000m on Nevado Chachani.
Approaching the summit of Nevado Mismi, at 5400m.
Sabancaya was erupting every couple of hours in May 2017. Often accompnaied by small earth tremors!
There was a bit of a lack of snow in the Andes this year after a dry winter and (maybe) a warm spring. Snow lines were a few 100m higher than normal on many of the peaks we are familiar with. Resorts had already closed and we had a few longish walks to get up to the snow. Conditions were not really helped by one of our main target peaks, Volcan Chillan, erupting a week before we arrived, and again the day after we skiied it.
Climbing Volcan Villarrica. Too icy to use the skins, although after a few hours it had softened up enoguh to give a good long 1300m vertical run back to base.
Skiing on Volcan Lonquimay.
Skiing on Volcan Casablanca, Chile.
Skiing on an unamed peak, Cordilera Darwin, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.
Alto Toroni turned out to be a very interesting mountain on the Chile-Bolivia border. I was not sure if it had ever been climbed before, there was certainly no recorded ascent anywhere. However on reaching the top it soon became clear that the Inca's had been there over 400 years ago, and built a substantial platform and some walls and pathways on the very summit, probably for religious reasons.